Bonanzaville is a pioneer village with 12 acres, 43 historic buildings, 400,000 artifacts, and millions of memories for visitors to dive into. The Christmas holiday season is the most special time of year for visitors to experience Bonanzaville. The pioneer village is transformed to a simpler time where carolers sing the sounds of the season and cookies are baked in a wood burning stove. Families gather to celebrate the joys of Christmas, both past and present. The chilly temperatures will be enough reason to stir up a hot drink of your own creation at the hot chocolate bar, as you take in the pioneer village & blacksmith demonstrations or design a Christmas card - which you will have the opportunity to print on an old press.
Take the entire family on a horse drawn sleigh ride, decorate & design your own Christmas treats, call Santa's elves at the North Pole to check on your Christmas gifts and get a photo taken with the big man himself.
So much to see
Over the years, this society has accumulated 43 historic buildings with numerous museums including: Dahl Car Museum, Eagles Air Museum, Horse Drawn Vehicle Building:, Law Enforcement Museum, Medical Display Melroe Tractor Building, Moum Agricultural Building, Telephone Museum, Arthur Town Hall, Blacksmith, Buffalo Bandstand, Bjerklie Drug, Brass Rail Saloon and Hotel, Buffalo Bandstand, Case Eagle, Cass-Clay, Cass County District, Checkered Years House, Dawson Hall, Dobrinz School, Eagle Air Museum, Embden, Eugene Dahl Car, First House, Forness Log, Furnberg Store, Great Northern Gate House, Hagen House, Harness, Horse Drawn Building, Houston House, Hunter Times, Kathryn Depot/Spud Valley Railroad Club, Land Office Bank, Law Enforcement Museum, Maier House, Martinson Cabin, Melroe Tractor Building, Moum Agricultural Building, Pioneer Fire Company, Railroad Museum, Steam Engine Museum, Steam Museum, Telephone Museum, Thue-Brink Store, Trangsrud Elevator, Trangsrud House, U-R Next Barber Shop, Water Tower, Wheatland Town Hall and Jail.
The Cass County Historical Society was organized in 1954 and later that year, the museum was established by the Pioneer Daughters, who donated the contents of their historical museum, which was housed in the basement of Menard Hall at NDSU. It wasn't until 1972 that the present museum building was constructed on land donated by the Red River Valley Fair. Artifacts were then moved from Menard Hall to the new museum. CCHS has been collecting buildings from around the county, and moving them to the location now called Bonanzaville, since 1967. The name refers to the large Bonanza farms that once existed in the Red River Valley.